Actress Anne Hathaway ("The Dark Knight Rises"), will play 'Eva Ernst', aka 'The Grand High Witch of All the World', in director Robert Zemeckis' developing feature adaptation of author Roald Dahl's "The Witches":
"...a young Brit boy goes to live with his Norwegian grandmother after his parents are killed in a car accident. The boy loves all his grandmother's stories, but he is especially enthralled by the one about witches, which she says are horrific creatures who seek to kill human children. She tells him how to recognize them, and that she herself is a retired 'witch hunter'.
"As specified in the parents' will, the boy and his grandmother return to England, where the house he is inheriting is located. The grandmother warns the boy to be on his guard, however, since English witches are known to be among the most vicious in the world. The grandmother also reveals that witches in different countries have different customs and while witches in each country have close affiliations with one another, they are not allowed to communicate with each other.
"She also tells him about the mysterious 'Grand High Witch', the feared and diabolical leader of all of the world's witches, who each year visits their councils in every country..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "The Witches" (1990) ...